Student shares tips on thriving in a globally competitive world

The Female Lead Ambassador of Greensprings International Baccalaureate School, Emmanuela Ilok, has highlighted three essential skills every student must have to become globally competitive.

Answering a question during a panel session at the 10th yearly parenting conference by LagosMums, the 2022 Rise Global Winner listed value-based education (VbE), effective communication and being service-minded as some of the skills that have helped her achieve success in academics and win global awards.

She also emphasised the role of her parents and the school in building the skills in her.

Ilok said: “Effective communication is vital to becoming globally competitive. The skill allows you to share your thoughts with the world, and it is useful in everything we do as humans. At Greensprings School, effective communication is nurtured in students from an early age by providing platforms for public speaking through internal events, external competitions, as well as speech and debate clubs. This approach significantly reduces stage fright and empowers students to communicate with confidence, commanding respect in various settings.”

“The second skill every student needs to thrive in a competitive world is moral and ethical values. I have been adequately supported by my parents who have raised me to be of good behaviour. I have also spent 15 years at Greensprings School, and over time, I have imbibed all the core values of the school.

Everything has modelled my character to be a well-behaved individual, within and outside the school.

Greensprings also emphasises the importance of being responsible digital citizens, encouraging students to uphold good moral values in online interactions.”

In her concluding remarks, Ilok explained how engaging in community service can give a competitive advantage to students.

She noted that being service minded is also a requirement for becoming globally relevant.

“Engagement in community service increases empathy, making students selfless and thinking of how they can make positive impacts in their immediate community,” she added.

Ilok is a Yale Young African Scholars Social Impact award winner and a Cambridge Outstanding Learner Award Winner.


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